Friday, 6 August 2010

[U21] Squad named for Danish test

Italy Under-21 coach Pierluigi Casiraghi has called up Torino defender Danilo D'Ambrosio and recalled Alberto Paloschi and Andrea Ranocchia in his squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Denmark.

The Azzurrini are struggling to reach next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championships in the Scandinavian country with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Wales to come in September's final Group 3 qualifiers.

The five-time European champions sit three points behind group leaders Wales, with Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina, who meet in their game in hand next week, just three points and one point behind in the standings respectively.

Casiraghi will have an eye on that important clash in Zenica on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before hosting Denmark in Viareggio.

Parma striker Paloschi and Genoa defender Ranocchia return to the Under-21 squad following injuries last term, while D'Ambrosio is the only fresh face in the 20-man squad which will gather for training on Sunday evening.

Italy Under-21 squad
Goalkeepers: Vito Mannone (Arsenal), Mattia Perin (Genoa).
Defenders: Gabriele Angella (Empoli), Lorenzo Ariaudo (Cagliari), Giuseppe Bellusci (Catania), Danilo D'Ambrosio (Torino), Antonio Mazzotta (Pescara), Angelo Obinze Ogbonna (Torino), Andrea Ranocchia (Genoa).
Midfielders: Antonino Barilla (Reggina), Francesco Bolzono (Siena), Lorenzo Crisetig (Inter), Luca Marrone (Juventus), Cristian Pasquato (Juventus), Andrea Poli (Sampdoria), Ezequiel Matias Schelotto (Cesena).
Forwards: Fabio Borini (Chelsea), Federico Macheda (Manchester United), Stefano Okaka (Roma), Alberto Paloschi (Parma).

UEFA U21 Euro 2011
Group 3 Standings
[1] WAL - PLD: 06 - PTS: 13
[2] ITA - PLD: 06 - PTS: 10
[3] HUN - PLD: 05 - PTS: 09
[4] BOS - PLD: 05 - PTS: 07
[5] LUX - PLD: 08 - PTS: 04

Group 3 Fixtures
Wednesday 11 August
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Hungary
Friday 3 September
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Italy
Saturday 4 September
Hungary v Wales
Tuesday 7 September
Hungary v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Italy v Wales

Source: FIGC

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